Workers urged to improve job prospects by joining new-look Executive MBA
6 December 2016
Graduating from University with an Executive MBA enhances salary and job prospects, according to reports.
Wrexham Glyndwr University is revamping its Executive MBA for a new intake in 2017.
As the University’s North Wales Business School celebrates its first anniversary, the new-look two-year course is designed to be more cutting-edge than ever before.
Executive MBA Council studies show graduates enjoy an average pay increase of around 17% within two years of graduation, which is why Programme Leader Dr Jan Green is encouraging business owners and their employees to contact the Business School for further details about the programme.
Delivered on a part time basis, she says the qualification is perfect for those in management positions who want to develop and improve their leadership potential, enhance their career prospects, formalise their extensive work experience or investigate strategic ways of developing their company to maximise success.
“There are several reasons for supporting an employee through the Executive MBA, and one of the primary reasons would be perspective,” said Dr Green.
“The course provides employees with a much broader perspective on business practices and their future careers. Both the formal programme content and the informal networking opportunities foster a greater maturity in their business outlook.”
She added: “The dissertation can also provide a win-win situation for both the employee and the company.
“A strategically selected dissertation not only enables the employee to investigate a relevant business problem, the outcome can also provide the company with a series of substantiated recommendations that may not otherwise be challenged in the normal course of business.”
Darren Hewitt, a financial controller at Wrexham-based Hoya Lens UK, was one of the first to complete the Executive MBA at Wrexham Glyndwr.
The 46 year-old, from Connah’s Quay, said he learned an “incredible amount” that would help him day to day.
“I had spoken to my boss about CPD (continuing professional development) and saw this as a great opportunity to further my education,” said Darren.
“The course was a learning curve for me because I never studied for a degree, but I gained a lot from the modules and lecturers, who helped build my confidence.
He added: “Listening to people already working in business was refreshing and has given me a more frank and balanced view of how to work. It also brought me out of myself; I’m coming out with things in work I wouldn’t have before and am starting to see the benefits, so I would encourage people to do the Executive MBA.”
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The University’s focus on bringing business and academia together comes after Vice-Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, spoke of how - using the ‘triple helix’ methodology – Wrexham Glyndwr will unite education, industry and government to power north east Wales on to new heights.
“Research suggests that the components of the triple helix can underpin the transition from a traditional industrial economy to a knowledge economy and finally to what is known as an ‘innovation economy’,” she said.
“If my experience is anything to go by, much can be achieved here in Wrexham through consciously working along the principles of the model: synchronise the agendas of educators, civic and political leaders and industry and actually make them come together for the benefit of all.”
“As the university of and for north east Wales we will be a key driver for regional development – if we blossom, the region blossoms and vice versa.”
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NOTES: Some 4,700 people graduate with an MBA in the UK each year, according to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), an accreditation body that monitors the quality of business schools around the world. Most MBA students tend to be 25–40 years old, but there are many motivations for wanting to do an MBA. A typical MBA cohort will consist of mature students with five to 10 years of relevant industry experience, many different markets and sectors, and multiple cultural and geographical backgrounds.